Time

By Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822 Percy Bysshe Shelley
   Unfathomable Sea! whose waves are years,
      Ocean of Time, whose waters of deep woe
Are brackish with the salt of human tears!
      Thou shoreless flood, which in thy ebb and flow
Claspest the limits of mortality!

   And sick of prey, yet howling on for more,
Vomitest thy wrecks on its inhospitable shore;
      Treacherous in calm, and terrible in storm,
         Who shall put forth on thee,
            Unfathomable Sea?

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Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley 1792–1822

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Subjects Living, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Time & Brevity, Nature

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The life and works of Percy Bysshe Shelley exemplify Romanticism in both its extremes of joyous ecstasy and brooding despair. The major themes are there in Shelley’s dramatic if short life and in his works, enigmatic, inspiring, and lasting: the restlessness and brooding, the rebellion against authority, the interchange with nature, the power of the visionary imagination and of poetry, the pursuit of ideal love, and the untamed . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Seas, Rivers, & Streams, Time & Brevity, Nature

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Romantic

Poetic Terms Rhymed Stanza

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Originally appeared in Poetry magazine.

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